Andy Stone

Andy Stone

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Designer and art director living in San Diego. Lover of good coffee and bad movies.

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  • Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

    Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

    ★★★½

    The much-anticipated sequel to 2007’s Elite Squad, The Enemy Within was once the highest grossing Brazilian movie of all time and is beloved by seemingly every critic who has seen it.

    What made the first Elite Squad so successful was it focused story, minute to minute action, and characters that you became deeply invested in over the two-hour run time. While the sequel grows in scope, and likely is much more important to its home country, the story becomes unwieldy…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★½

    I’m so glad that I went into this movie dark. If you haven’t seen it yet, avoid trailers and don’t even read this review.

    Every twist and turn, every conversation and sidelong look were played perfectly by Carey Mulligan. Is it possible for her to not steal the show? But the whole supporting cast, full of “Oh! It’s that guy from that thing” character actors made this into a standout hit. You can’t even call this a genre flick because…

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  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers

    ★★★★½

    This movie is absolutely incredible. Both the greatest spoof on fascist propaganda and a timeless update to Heinlein’s classic book. It is somehow balanced across a lighthearted teen-drama disguised as military sci-fi as well as the most prophetic piece of media to portray the future of news-media consumption.

    In every rewatch, it’s a blast to see the all bit parts played by now well-known actors across TV and film from Breaking Bad and Psych to X-Men and Thor: Ragnarok.

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  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★★★

    I saw this movie with my Dad on release day in 1998. The manager of the movie theater came in to address the World War II veterans in the audience before the film started. He thanked them for their service, and let them know that there were volunteers available at the movie theater to talk to after the movie completed. It was one of the most intense movie going experiences I’ve ever had in my life, and you could hear…